State Function


Insight & Analysis

Event | ISE at the Fragility Forum 2022

A Decade after the World Development Report 2011: What Have We Learned?

There is broad recognition that now is a critical moment to take stock of development efforts in fragility, conflict and violence settings (FCV). We are ten years from the 2011 World Development Report, which set a clear agenda and suggested an ambitious scope for large-scale social change and institution-building through development interventions in FCV settings. However, recent events in countries which all experienced major development and state-building engagements have prompted a need for reflection. During this session, the panel will reflect on these critical questions – what we as the community working on FCV have collectively learned in the past decade, and what these key takeaways portend for how we can more effectively address FCV in the next decade.


Sarah Cliffe, co-author of the WDR 2011, Director, NYU Center on International Cooperation
Alison Evans, Director-General, IEG, World Bank Group
Francis Mustapha Kai-Kai, Chair of the g7+, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone
Comfort Ero, President & CEO, International Crisis Group
Soukeyna Kane, Director, Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group, World Bank Group
Clare Lockhart, Director & Co-Founder, Institute for State Effectiveness (moderator)


The Sequencing of Reforms: What to do First to Build Back Better for Social Inclusion after COVID-19

Hosted by ISE and Club de Madrid

This session will draw lessons for an inclusive post-COVID recovery by considering how leaders have prioritized and sequenced reforms in other post-crisis contexts. Leaders are faced with a number of imperatives and goals in emerging from crisis, including economic recovery, resilience, and social inclusion. To foster an inclusive recovery, states will have to balance lofty ambitions and critical delivery, donor pressures and localized priorities, engrained institutional complexities and the need for a transformation guided by principles of equity. What factors guide decision-making on post-crisis reform strategies in fragile contexts? How is social inclusion best integrated in these strategies, when weighed against other priorities facing leaders? What lessons can we draw from past experiences to guide the development and implementation of post-COVID reform strategies? The session will combine insights from ISE’s Reform Sequencing Tracker and Club de Madrid’s Global Commission on Democracy and Emergencies.


Yves Leterme, former Prime Minister of Belgium (2008, 2009-2011)
Michal Rutkowski, Global Director for Social Protection and Jobs, World Bank Group
Francis Mustapha Kai-Kai, Chair of the g7+, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone
Clare Lockhart, Director and Co-Founder, Institute for State Effectiveness